Saturday, 16 October, 2021

Fakir Alamgir’s Demise

An irreparable loss to country’s music arena

An irreparable loss to country’s music arena
Information and Broadcasting Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud pays last respects to legendary folk singer Fakir Alamgir by placing a wreath at his coffin on the Central Shaheed Minar premises in the capital on Saturday. —SUN photo

A pall of gloom has descended upon the cultural arena of Bangladesh at the demise of eminent folk singer Fakir Alamgir.

Fakir Alamgir, who made tremendous contributions to Bangla song, and won the hearts of millions of people over the years, passed away on Friday night.

The demise of Fakir Alamgir is an irreparable loss to the country. His early departure has stunned the countrymen.

Eminent cultural personalities of the country, including singers, film directors, producers, lyricists, actors, screenwriters mourn the death of the folk singer. Music director Gazi Mazharul Anwar, singers Ferdous Wahid, Pilu Momtaz, Syed Abdul Hadi, Khurshid Alam, Runa Laila, Sabina Yasmin, Kumar Bishwajit, Tapan Chowdhury, Fuad Naser Babu, yricist Kabir Bakul, composer and music director Alam Khan, TV personality Hanif Shanket, actors Shakib Khan, Suborna Mostofa, Aruna Biswas, Chanchal Chowdhury, Oamr Sani, among others, expressed deep shock at the death of Fakir Alamgir.

Besides, his well-wishers, co-workers, fans and people from all walks of life paid tributes to the singer.

Born on February 21 in 1950 in a village called Kalamridha in Bhanga of Faridpur, Fakir Alamgir started his music career in 1966. 

He played a vital role during the mass uprising of 1969 as a member of the Kranti Shilpi Gosthi and Gana Shilpi Gosthi. During the 1971 Liberation War, he crossed the border and joined the Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra and performed frequently to inspire freedom fighters.

In independent Bangladesh, Alamgir played important role in the development of Bengali pop music alongside Ferdous Wahid, Azam Khan, Pilu Momtaz and others who led a generation of artistes in shedding conventions to combine elements of indigenous music with contemporary western imports.

In his 55 years career, Fakir Alamgir has lent his voice to many popular songs. Some of his notable songs are ‘O Sokhina’, ‘Shantahar’, ‘Nelson Mandela’, ‘Naam Tar Chhilo John Henry’ and ‘Banglar Comrade Bondhu’.

A Master’s graduate of the Department of Mass Communication and Journalism in Dhaka University, Fakir Alamgir was also a keen writer and researcher. He published several books, including, ‘Gono Sangeet er Oteet O Bortoman’, ‘Muktijuddher Smriti o Bijoyer Gaan’, ‘Amar Kotha’, ‘Jara Achhen Hridoypotey’ and more.

He was also the founder of the cultural organisation ‘Wrishiz Shilpi Gosthi’ and served as the president of ‘Gono Sangeet Shamanya Parishad’ (GSSP).

For his tremendous contribution to the field of cultural arena, Fakir Alamgir received Ekushey Padak in 1999. 

Fakir Alamgir is survived by his wife and two sons, and leaves behind a sea of admirers to mourn the passing of one who spoke directly to their hearts.